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7 Tips for Housekeeping Productivity

September 15, 2011 — In recognition of International Housekeepers Week (September 11-17, 2011), Cintas Corp. has identified seven key steps to improve housekeeping productivity while enhancing cleaning results.

Tips for improving a housekeeper’s productivity are:

  1. Offer job-specific training. Develop a plan on how to clean a room, the order of cleaning tasks, the types of cleaning tools and chemicals required, and amount of time dedicated to each task to deliver high-level, consistent results.
  2. Provide housekeepers with the right tools and equipment. Properly equipping housekeepers can enhance productivity by up to 54 percent according to the ISSA 540 Cleaning Times. Proper tools reduce worker strain from repetitive motions and overexertion, while using the right cleaning chemicals for each surface provides optimal hygienic results.
  3. Equip housekeepers with stocked and locked carts. This reduces unnecessary trips to storage areas to replace missing supplies and helps to ensure housekeepers clean with the proper tools and equipment.
  4. Make janitorial closets accessible and easy to use. Placing frequently used items, such as chemical stations, in easily accessible locations helps reduce the amount of time and energy housekeepers must spend restocking supplies.
  5. Conduct procedural audits in addition to results-based audits. Conducting procedural audits while housekeepers clean rooms can yield consistency of procedure and consistency of results.
  6. Offer housekeepers an “engineering checklist.” To better communicate requests such as replacing light bulbs or fixing air conditioning units, provide housekeepers with a checklist of potential issues to be fixed by the engineering department. This reduces opportunities for requests to be overlooked and helps limit guest complaints.
  7. Leave deep cleaning to the experts. Housekeepers are not trained, equipped, and do not have the time to perform a thorough deep cleaning. Routine deep cleaning from a specialized company is needed to reset the cleanliness that can be maintained by housekeeping.

About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Cintas Corp. provides uniforms and apparel, restroom supplies, and mats as well as first aid, document management, and fire protection services. It operates more than 400 facilities in the United States and Canada, including 11 manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers that employ more than 34,000 people. For more information, visit

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